After-work beers, weekend cocktails, late-night wines…all drinking sessions are made better with the addition of a fabulous view. And here in Sydney, between the glistening harbour and the ocean, we’ve got no shortage of those to choose from. From bars perched up high above the city, to ones nestled right on the water, here’s our pick of Sydney bars with great views.

The Glenmore – The Rocks

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Towering high above most of its neighbours, The Glenmore’s rooftop is blessed with uninterrupted, panoramic views of the Opera House, Sydney Harbour, and the city skyline. Up here, you’ll find yourself soaking up some rays, sipping skyhigh beers and cocktail jugs, while the rest of the world feels miles away.

Coogee Pavilion Rooftop – Coogee

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Coogee Pavilion’s iconic beachfront location makes for some pretty stunning ocean views, which go down a real treat alongside a few coldies, after a long day down on the sand. Light, breezy, and sophisticated, it’s a buzzing destination on weekends, with signature cocktails and Australian wines the perfect match to that blissful backdrop.

The Royal Hotel – Paddington

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With space for only 40, The Royal Hotel’s rooftop might be small, but it scores a very big thumbs up for its breathtaking views of Paddington and Sydney’s CBD. Lounging up here in the sun, sipping excellent cocktails, with the rest of the city spread out far beneath you, is the easy way to feel like a million bucks.

Hacienda Bar – CBD

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Rocking a prime piece of harbourfront real estate, and decadent, Cuban-inspired decor, Hacienda Bar affords some striking views no matter which way you turn your head. Angle for a seat by the enormous windows, to enjoy some rum cocktails and snappy drinking snacks, all with the glistening water and city skyline as your backdrop.

Henry Deane – Millers Point

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Up on the top level of Hotel Palisade, Henry Deane is an all-out stunner, what with the swanky pastel styling and the panoramic views you’ll enjoy from its full-length, wall-to-wall windows. Score a coveted seat up here, sort yourself out with some chic signature cocktails and elegant share plates, and you’ll be feeling on top of the whole darn world.

Blu Bar on 36 – The Rocks

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For the kind of view you’ll only come across perched 36 floors above Sydney’s CBD (and behind floor-to-ceiling glass), lock in a drinking session at Blue Bar on 36. Nestled within the Shangri-La Hotel, this is one sophisticated cocktail lounge, with a food and beverage offering that’s every bit as upscale as the outlook.

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel – Watsons Bay

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When it comes to postcard-pretty backdrops, this modern pub takes the cake, the distinctive striped umbrellas of its Beach Club giving way to sandy shoreline and sparkling blue bay. Head to the upper level to make the best of those top-notch views, while enjoying local wines, a seafood-driven menu, and weekend DJ tunes.

Woolwich Pier Hotel – Woolwich

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At The Woolwich Pier Hotel, you can team your drinks with some fabulous views of the bridge, the Harbour, and the majestic city skyline, while the pub itself feels miles away from that CBD hustle and bustle. Nab a seat on the Terrace or upstairs balcony to enjoy the best vantage point, while you get stuck into some cocktail jugs and refreshing craft brews.

The Newport – Newport

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You’ll be hard pressed to find a Sydney beer garden with a better view than the one at The Newport, which rocks an idyllic location on the shores of Pittwater. Here, sparkling blue water, framed by leafy green trees, makes for a pretty blissful backdrop to those weekend beers. Settle in to enjoy summer vibes, all year round.

The Light Brigade Hotel – Paddington

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The Light Brigade’s new rooftop bar sure isn’t short on wow factor, boasting uninterrupted city views and some super chic styling. The sprawling, open-air space is exactly where you want to be on a balmy day or night, sipping cocktail jugs and craft beers, while the rest of Sydney stretches out far below.